Medford police credit neighbors with stopping burglary

A pair of 14-year-olds face criminal charges after Medford residents found them in a neighbor's yard and held them for police Tuesday, police say.

Police arrested the teens on charges of attempted burglary and first-degree burglary. One remains lodged at the county juvenile detention center today, and the other was released after the pair's arraignment Wednesday, police said this morning.

Police said they believe the boys were attempting to burglarize a home in the 1800 block on Cascadia Circle when two neighbors spotted them in the yard of the residence. One neighbor called police while the other ran after the teens, police said.

The neighbor caught the teens, who fought in an unsuccessful attempt to escape, police said.

Police believe the teens are responsible for two other burglaries in the area, one reported on Dec. 15 in the 2600 block of Brookside Drive, Medford, and another on Dec. 16 in the 2800 block of Pennington Drive, Medford, police said.

Police said that they were appreciative of the actions taken by the neighbors, but they warned citizens that calling the police and being a good witness may be the best action to take when witnessing a crime.

— Sam Wheeler

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